Bloc Party
The Nextwave Sessions


3.0
good

Review

by tom USER (10 Reviews)
August 22nd, 2013 | 28 replies | 2,227 views


Release Date: 08/12/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: it's not my home anymore

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

Recorded while on tour for last year’s comeback album Four, The Nextwave Sessions is a rather disparate little collection of songs from the London four-piece. Let’s get the bad news out the way first: the EP is bookended by two absolute stinkers. Opener/single ‘Ratchet’ is a legitimate contender for worst Bloc Party song of all time with its utterly obnoxious, well, everything. While musically pleasant, closer ‘Children of the Future’ is ruined by Kele Okereke (a man prone to the occasional cringey-as-fuck lyric) pissing all over the tune with some of the hardest clunkers he’s ever written. ‘French Exit’ fares better - a fun yet forgettable track recalling early-mid era BP (read: frantic drumming, driving bass, effects-soaked guitars) - but does precious little to distinguish itself from the pack, amounting to little more than a copy of a copy. Thankfully, one thing this band has always excelled at is feelsy slow jams and there are two gems to be found here. ‘Obscene’ envelops the listener in a fog of sorrow and regret as Kele pours his heart out in a genuinely touching lament to lost love, while the gorgeous ‘Montreal’ is the distillation of pure isolation in audio form.

These two songs, and to a lesser extent ‘French Exit’, make it worth the price of admission, but other than that it’s a case of heard it all before. The Nextwave Sessions will please most fans in a bittersweet kind of way. It’s a good EP, yes, but gives the distinct impression that this is a band with nothing left to do and nowhere else to go. With reports of intra-band tension, the heartbeat of the band (drummer Matt Tong) conspicuously absent from recent live shows, and another indefinite hiatus, the writing is well and truly on the wall. Bloc Party are riding off into the sunset and would be prudent never to look back, leaving their legacy (mostly) intact. As Neil Young so wisely sang, ‘it’s better to burn out than to fade away’.



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tommygun
August 22nd 2013



24218 Comments


hmm this reads just a tad harsher than i had intended

i guess what i'm trying to say is i dig this but i'm just not feeling much of that old bloc party
magic no more

'montreal': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taEfSuDCkDA

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2013



13985 Comments


wow best review ever pos

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demigod!
August 22nd 2013



44133 Comments


thought you were gonna 3

sell out

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tommygun
August 22nd 2013



24218 Comments


it's a 3.3 i rounded up sorry bro i hope we can move past this

BigPleb
August 22nd 2013



35585 Comments


Nice review Mr. Gun :D

tommygun
August 22nd 2013



24218 Comments


thx man luv u guys

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
August 22nd 2013



12851 Comments


feature plz

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NothingForSomething
August 22nd 2013



186 Comments


I hate the title of this

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2013



6412 Comments


Only heard Ratchet and it was indeed atrocious. So you'd say the rest deserves a listen even though I hated Four so much?

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tommygun
August 22nd 2013



24218 Comments


yeah it's worth a spin for any fan of the band, only five songs so why not!

of all their stuff it's prob stylistically closest to 'another weekend'

Gwyn.
August 22nd 2013



14993 Comments


sweet rev bro pos

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clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2013



6412 Comments


Cool, let's see if it's on spotify

JordanS
August 22nd 2013



319 Comments


when i was tripping some acid at sasquatch this year, bloc party decided to gift the crowd with a performance of Rachet and as soon as Kele's rapping kicked me and my buddy were on the ground and in tears

RHCP1999
August 22nd 2013



53 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review man, though i've always liked Bloc Party at their most obscene (Ratchet, Mercury, Ares etc...)

Cygnatti
August 22nd 2013



21349 Comments


pos'd :3

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2013



49980 Comments


It's time for these hoes to get ratchet

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FerinusCarnifexVox
August 22nd 2013



805 Comments


These guys are still around?

FerinusCarnifexVox
August 22nd 2013



805 Comments


Review reads a bit lower than a 3.5, but it is well written. Pos'd

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
August 22nd 2013



4400 Comments


Sweet review, Tommy. I don't listen to this band a lot, but they're good from the few songs I've heard. Good to see you writing, man. POS'd.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2013



49980 Comments


"These guys are still around?"

They were on hiatus for a few years, then they came back and made one album and this EP, and now right back to hiatus



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